Cobourg Police cram-a-cruiser results

On Saturday, November 20, Cobourg Police Service members volunteered their time to run the annual Cram-A-Cruiser food and toy drive. Auxiliary members, Special Constables, Uniform officers, and civilian staff were out in force at David’s No Frills and Walmart in Cobourg.

All of the donations received this past weekend during the Cram-A-Cruiser event are allocated to the Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank and to Giving Tree who, in turn, distribute the food and gifts to those in need. The organizations will deliver these items to families and individuals across Northumberland County for the holidays.

The donation results this year were phenomenal with 6,512 pounds of food and $3,771 collected for the Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank, as well as 180 toys going to Giving Tree. For comparison, last year’s totals were $3,944, 3,622 pounds of food, and 207 toys. There was a bit of friendly rivalry going between the two teams, with the winner being the Walmart location cramming their cruiser with nearly double the pounds donated than the other site.

A special thanks to the Salvation Army for assisting with the toy drop off.

“A big thanks to Cobourg Police Service and the community for kicking off our annual toy drive. The 180 toys will help to put smiles on children’s faces Christmas morning.” – Cheryl Baker, Coordinator, The Giving Tree

Denis Culver, the Food Drives and Vehicle Liaison of Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank, was incredibly appreciative of Cobourg’s giving spirit. “A huge thanks to you and the volunteer officers that participated in Saturday’s event. It was a huge success! Just slightly less than last year’s monetary donations, but a 100% increase in food and personal items… Again, a huge shout out to the Cobourg Police Service and the community for their outstanding support.”

The Cobourg Police Service would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the community for this outpouring of generosity, David’s No Frills and Walmart in providing their locations, partners Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank and Giving Tree for all they do, as well as to Special Constable Bryce Callacott for running this year’s event. Because of all of these people, their generosity and their assistance, this year’s donations will have a positive impact on the lives of citizens in our community.

“With so many more people struggling due to the pandemic, it is inspiring to witness the incredible generosity of our community,” says Chief Paul VandeGraaf, Cobourg Police Service. “No one wants to see someone go hungry or for a child not have any gifts under their tree. Whether it is donating food, money, toys, or simply time, the people of Cobourg always come through to support each other.”

If you were unable to make it to either event location on Saturday, you can still donate in other ways to help others enjoy the holidays.

To donate to Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank, visit fareshare.ca  

Toy and gift card donations can be dropped off on Saturday, November 27 and December 4 at The Giving Tree table in Northumberland Mall or at the church on Ballantine Street Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. until December 10. For more drop-off locations, visit the Giving Tree Facebook Group.

If you or someone you know is in need of Food & Toy Assistance this holiday season, please visit The Giving Tree Facebook Group or The Salvation Army Cobourg/Port Hope website for information on where to apply.

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